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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-01-30 16:30


> Single-use plastic cutlery and plates to be banned in England


A ban on some single-use plastics will come into force in England from October, the government has announced.

To tackle the growing plastic problem, takeaways, restaurants and cafes must stop using single-use plastic cutlery, plates and bowls.

Each person in England uses an average of 18 single-use plastic plates and 37 items of plastic cutlery every year, according to Defra, while just 10% of those are recycled.

Plastic items relating to takeaway food and drink, including food containers and cutlery, make up the largest share of litter in the world’s oceans, according to research.

"I am determined to drive forward action to tackle this issue head on. We've already taken major steps in recent years - but we know there is more to do, and we have again listened to the public's calls," Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey said.

Similar bans have already been made in Scotland, while single-use plastic straws, stirrers and plastic stemmed cotton buds were already banned in England in 2020.

> Dirty Dozen 2022: Produce with the most and least pesticides


Strawberries continue to top the annual list of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and veggies that contain the highest levels of pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

The EWG found that 99% of strawberry samples (most recently tested in 2015-16) had detectable residues of at least one pesticide, earning the fruit the No. 1 spot.

Shauna Henley, PhD, a family and consumer sciences senior agent at the University of Maryland Extension, said that the best way to wash produce depends on its surface. Use a produce brush on rough surfaces like melons and rub smooth surfaces, like apples, with your hands.

> Guinness World Records: Elon Musk loss $182 billion in 2022

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. [Photo/Agencies]

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and Twitter, has broken the world record for the largest loss of personal fortune in history, according to a Guinness World Records report.

Musk's net worth dropped from a peak of $320 billion in 2021 to $138 billion as of January 2023, a total loss of approximately $182 billion, the report said, citing figures obtained from Forbes.

Musk's misfortunes also saw him lose his status as the world’s richest person to Bernard Arnault (France), founder of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), who has an estimated net worth of $190 billion.

Musk’s shrinking fortune was largely due to the steep slide of Tesla shares, to which the majority of his fortune is tied up, the Guinness World Records report said.

Investors in Tesla have voiced concerns that he is spending so much time trying to right the ship at Twitter so Tesla is suffering.

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